25 Things to Do in Raleigh Nov. 3–9


The Art Inside the Bottle

Sip happens! Vitis House + the NCMA have teamed up to fete the transformative five-monthlong reinstallation of the museum’s collection by uncorking this (sipping!) class to school you on the basics of wine history, wine production and main grape varietals via three themes that informed the reimagining: Identity, Place and Power. vitishouse.com

Reba McEntire

All hail the “Queen of Country” as she makes an appearance at PNC for her fall arena tour. We’d fancy going to see her live… pncarena.com

Refugee Hope Partners’ Taste and See Event

Taste your way through fab fare from Vidrio, Taverna Agora, Cheeni and MOFU Shoppe (to name just a few) while seeing the difference between multiple cultures around the world via exhibits and entertainment—NTM supporting the work of Refugee Hope Partners. It’s a win-win-win! refugeehopepartners.org

Tai Chi in the Park

If you get a kick outta tai chi, take it slow (movements) and work on your balance as you ward off stress and welcome calm. dixpark.org

Moshe Kasher

The “problematic” actor, comedian and writer comes to Goodnights for what’s sure to be a hilarious weekend. goodnightscomedy.com

Magnificent Mums

Now’s your chance to see the queen… the queen of flowers that is! JC Raulston is partnering with the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society for a free flower show feat. an expansive display of heirloom chrysanthemums, all grown by members of the society. Bring your best bud and see what’s in bloom! jcra.ncsu.edu

Shrek Rave

The fun will never be ogre at this Shrek-themed rave. Head to the swamp—er, The Ritz—for a one-of-a-kind evening. Sounds simply Shrek-tacular. livenation.com

Barber Violin Concerto

We don’t wanna string you along… but this breathtaking violin performance feat. guest violinist Geneva Lewis will be hard to beat. Time to bow out! ncsymphony.org

Yoga Six Grand Opening

Ready to stretch your horizons? DTR’s YogaSix is holding its grand opening weekend with free classes, raffles, giveaways and a Saturday block party. Namaste! yogasix.com 

Steel Magnolias

“My colors are blush and bashful.” Take a trip back in time through clouds of hairspray to Truvy’s beauty shop to witness these six Southern spitfires gather for hot goss—and one of the most famous stories of friendship, loyalty, loss and love of all time in North Carolina Theatre’s first production of the cult classic. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Alley Cats & Ales

The cool cats are cracking open cold ones at Raleigh Brewing Company for its sixth annual fundraiser to benefit the Alley Cats and Angels medical fund. alleycatsandangels.org


The Green Monkey Chili Cook Off

Hey, hot stuff… spice up your Saturday with some spicy—er, friendly—comp. Winner scores a monthly $50 gift card to the popular dive bar for a year! greenmonkeyraleigh.com

NC State v. Wake Forest

Pack pummels Deacs. #WPN gopack.com

TrunkShow Fall Market

Shop from local vintage and handmade sellers via this seasonal trunkshow market featuring gently used vintage treasures—think records, furniture, household goods, clothes and more—plus beer from Barrel Culture and food from Berto’s Chimis, and Crumb & Cream (!). trunkshowraleighnc.com

The International Festival

If smiling’s your fave, head to the fairgrounds for your fair share of holiday food, festive fun and performances from different cultures. ’Tis the season, indeed. ncvibes.com

NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival

Gourd vibes only! This 80th annual fest features countrywide gourd artisans and crafters competing and demonstrating their astonishing craft—with gourd crafts for sale to boot. ncstatefair.org

Women’s Campout

Give a woman a tent and she’ll sleep for a day; teach a woman to pitch a tent and, well, she’ll still probs sleep for a day. But this campout at the NCMA promises to be in-tents—in the best way!—with dinner, breakfast and the stars (natch) included. Just BYO adventure. ncartmuseum.org

11/5, Saturdays
Midtown Farmers Market

For the 15th year running, this proud-to-be “producers-only” farmers market touts local, sustainable and family-farmed foods. So fresh. visitnorthhills.com

11/5–6, weekends
The Raleigh Market

Dubbed NC’s greatest treasure hunt, the eclectic market boasts vintage and handcrafted new, used, homegrown and just downright weird goods you won’t find anywhere else—plus a rotating array of food trucks for sustenance. theraleighmarket.com

Micheal W. Smith

The multiplatinum artist and author is back on the road for an intimate venue tour designed to get fans up-close and personal. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Stray Local

Don’t stray too far from Bowstring for an evening of feel-good indie pop with husband-wife duo Hannah and Jamie. What a vibe. bowstringbrewyard.com

Wizard Fest

Work up some magic for this fantasy-themed party at The Ritz feat. themed cocktails, trivia, games, a live DJ and a costume contest. wizardfest.com 

Arts on the Hill

Pass the popcorn and fete NC-rooted film and spoken word via this Raleigh Film and Art Festival series at Dix Park. dixpark.org

Connect + Create: Fall-Inspired Landscapes

Fall for autumn via this serene watercolor painting sesh—with the beauty of Dix Park serving as your muse, natch. dixpark.org

History Adventures: American Indian Folktales

Listen up as Lumbee tribe member, educator and storyteller Gwen Locklear shares traditional American Indian folktales. ncmuseumofhistory.org


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